A Spirit Driven Existence

It’s been a long time since I’ve published something on this blog and for that I’m sorry. And the longer it has been, the harder it becomes to get started.

I regularly perform tarot readings for myself and record my feelings about the reading in my tarot journal. This is to help me become a more intuitive tarot reader by allowing Spirit to give me a larger frame of reference for card meanings but, beyond that, it’s also to help me with my own shadowwork and lightwork.

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Shadowwork: work that we do on the unseen or hidden aspects of self.

  • Why does this make me afraid?
  • What is holding me back?
  • What is fueling my regressions?

 

Lightwork: work that we do on the seen or visible aspects of self.

  • How can I lead with Spirit?
  • How can I be present in this moment?
  • Is this habit for my highest good?

Today’s reading came from the Good Tarot Deck because I enjoy the perspective and compassion the deck expresses; it’s beautifully imaged by Colette Baron-Reid.

I wanted to share my reading with you today:

Past: Fortune’s Wheel

Present: 8 of Air

Future: World

Advice: 3 of Air

We’re all being asked to acknowledge and remember the instances in our lives where, “destiny meets synchronicity.” Where the signs we were being given led us to someplace magical and important… where our premonitions saved us from heartbreak… where our intuitive instincts helped us navigate out of a tough situation.

Fortune’s Wheel is in the past position because the evidence that Spirit operates for our highest good can only be fully realized by looking backwards at the evidence behind us. Remember when we went against our instincts and something backfired? Remember when we followed our instincts and we were able to harvest success?

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It’s hard to have faith. As a former and reformed Atheist, faith has never been my strongest virtue. I’m an evidenced based being who thrives on predictability because the past gives us insight to the future.

As we move into the present position, the card I’m faced with is the 8 of Air, which tells me that how I am currently seeing things is holding me back from the truth. I’m clinging to my perception even though it doesn’t serve my highest good. Only through letting go that which is holding me back will I progress.

The progression is marked by the World card. By accepting things as they are, I abandon the aspect of self that’s physical and focused on physical goals and transcend into my Spiritual self that has a global an eternal perspective. I am an eternal spiritual being with the history of all of the lives I’ve lived before me. There is nothing in the physical world that will compare to the perspective gained when I remember that I am a Spiritual being who is having a temporary human experience.

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The aspect of self, Ego, that’s focused on earthly goals and driven by earthly fears holds us back. We’re afraid to die, we’re afraid to fail, we’re afraid to lose. But sometimes that’s the point, right? Sometimes that’s the path we’re meant to take. Sometimes that’s the experience we’re meant to have.

The advice card is the 3 of Air which reminds us that sometimes our highest good is met through rejection, through pain, through surviving fire and trauma. Allowing us to learn from these painful events in our lives but not allowing these painful events of our lives to become our defining identities.

It’s okay to have our hearts broken. That doesn’t define us and through it we gain the understanding of how to be better people. To not inflict the hurt on others that we experienced ourselves.

It’s okay to lose people. That doesn’t’ define us and through it we gain the understanding of how to value the time we have left in the physical sense. It also gives us the opportunity to develop a deeper spiritual awareness and learn how to live a Spirit driven experience. It allows us to  grow our relationship beyond the physical limitations of the physical body and allows our Spirit to experience profound connections with those who have transitioned into Spirit.

Our loved ones aren’t gone. They’re waiting for us to reach out and grow our ability to hold onto relationships with them that transcends the physical death of the body.

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Weekly Forecast: The Art of Learning Grit

There’s this belief that if something was meant to be, all of the stars would align to guarantee it, and all obstacles would crumble away. This is, more or less, nonsense. Inevitably, some things in life will just fall in to place for you for better or worse. However, things destined to propel us forward towards our highest good may not necessarily feel very good and it’s certainly not promised to be without pain.

Today’s Weekly Tarot Forecast is for you.

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Your weekly Tarot Forecast:

Past: Knight of Cups

Present: The Hierophant

Future: Strength

Advice: Four of Swords

Sometimes, you don’t recognize the person you once were. The inexperienced Knight of Cups had passionate conviction. An unshakable idealism that caused conflict internally and externally as those struggled under the weight of expectations. You knew how things ought to be. You immediately sensed when things weren’t right. The young knight’s emotions were still maturing and developing the complexities to capture the messy, beautiful creatures we are. It’s been a process of failure, forgiveness, success, and celebration but it has made you into the person you are now: the Hierophant.

The inexperienced and innocent knight has given way to authority and expertise. You’re confident now. You know what you know. It hasn’t been an easy road but it’s one that has taught you things allow you to exude the air of mastery. It’s okay to be bold in the knowledge that you’re an expert whether it be an expert in being a partner in a relationship, a master of your trade, or the mastery of a craft… you’ve stuck it out and that’s worth acknowledging.

However, it’s important to continue pursuing growth, less complacency erode the foundation upon which your pride has been built. In the future, we see the Strength card, which is both a warning and reassurance: you will be tested and you’ve got this.

I know it sometimes feels like you’ve crested the top of the mountain only to find more mountain to climb instead of the steady decline you were expecting. After so much hard work, effort, and skill we all hope to just reach a point where we can say, “I did it,” celebrate that moment, and then coast the rest of the way down. However, that’s not in the cards for every one for every thing.

This may be the few years you’re hoping to handle with grace before a well earned retirement. It may be that bittersweet moment that empty nesters feel as their young leave home for the first time. It may be that moment right after the last final exam for the last class that stands between you and your diploma. It could be that knowledge of finding the one or the moment that those fertility treatments create a baby. Regardless of what brought you here, the warning is that the battle isn’t over yet, but also that you’ve got this.

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The advice given is the Four of Swords which reminds you of the importance of inward reflection and ascension gained through meditation. You’re not going to find what you need by looking outside of yourself because the type of strength that will be required of you is one grown from within. The grit of survival cannot be imparted upon you by someone outside of you, it can only be developed over the lifetime of struggles you’ve endured. It’s time to recognize you’ve prepared yourself for this moment and seize it.

The role of meditation also serves as a secondary but essential practice: guidance. Everything may not happen for a reason. Divine timing may truly suck at times. Life’s irony can be a bitter pill to swallow. That isn’t to say there aren’t lessons to be learned and opportunities for growth in our adversity.

Ensure that you define your obstacles; that you leave them behind you as you stroll away in victory. Don’t allow your obstacles define you or the journey that lies ahead.

 

Weekly Forecast: To Transition from Love to Commitment

In the beginning, all love begins as immature love, in which two or more people come together and figure out how to love themselves and each other within the context of a new relationship. Sometimes, love never evolves, and fizzles. These affairs of the heart are like fireworks that explode into the night sky, beautiful and intense, before falling to ashes leaving only bittersweet memories. However, some affairs of the heart become stars when they ignite in the sky.

Today’s Weekly Tarot Forecast is for you.

Your weekly Tarot Forecast:

Past: Page of Cups

Present: The Sun

Future: Four of Wands

Advice: Queen of Wands

Some relationships are just not meant to survive indefinitely. They begin and end with the Page of Cups never fully gaining momentum beyond the innocent and fresh new love phase. This is okay. Not all relationships should transform into partnerships. Some relationships are simply best in short, delicious bites like desserts. Some relationships have the energy and the dedication it takes to evolve from a fleeting tryst to a long-term partnership.

What kind of relationship do you have? What kind of relationship do you want? Are you on the road to get there or has your path diverted towards an unknown outcome? As a Tarot reader and psychic, I’m often asked for relationship advice because the desire to continue growing with the one you love is a common question a lot of people ask at some point.

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The key to a successful long-term partnership is to understand that the Page of Cups isn’t sustainable. Ultimately, it’s kind of nice being with someone who knows your mom’s secret cold remedy for when you’re feeling under the weather. It’s delightful being with someone who knows how you make your coffee. It’s sublime to just exist with your lover. In a long-term partnership, the Page of Cups abandons chasing the feeling of falling in love to experiencing the existence of being in love as represented by the Sun.

At this point, a lot of relationships aren’t sure where to go from here, because the type of excitement you receive in being in a long-term relationship is different than the roller coaster ride of falling in love. Because having known someone doesn’t always give lovers the freedom to continue growing as independent spirits. Because growing as independent spirits sometimes means growing apart. Because, it is at this point, that the mundane grind of daily events, lack of money, and lack of freedom wear down a relationship at its weakest points.

So how does one transition from the enjoyment under the Sun and into the celebration of unity as expressed by the Four of Wands? Through the Queen of Wands.

The advice is to be the person you want to fall in love with every day. Be kind. Be compassionate. Inspire. Love. Be loved. Don’t take for granted and don’t be taken for granted. Don’t allow the daily grind to wear down your love for each other and don’t allow it to make you dull. Find new ways to grow independently and with each other. Prioritize your love for each other over your occasional unhappiness with the temporary circumstances you find yourselves in.

Weekly Forecast: Moving On from Past Mistakes

You made a vow. It’ll never happen again. You won’t allow it. This time, it’ll be different. You’re better prepared.

We’ve all been there. The pangs of regret are life’s growing pains. They’re useful; not pleasant. An aversion to repeating them is not only natural but completely understandable. But what is the outcome for the path that you’re on?

Today’s Weekly Tarot Forecast is for you.

Your weekly Tarot Forecast:

Past: Five of Cups

Present: Three of Wands

Future: Two of Cups

Advice: King of Cups

The dominant suit represented in today’s weekly forecast is Cups which is a reminder of the strength and power emotions carry and the energy emotions inspire in ourselves and others. Today, we’re living with the painful reminders carried over from our past mistakes represented by the Five of Cups. Life is beautiful and messy because we are beautiful and messy.

Sometimes, that messiness is comprised of moments that we’d prefer to soon forget. Our histories are filled with the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. Yet, you know to hold onto your regrets and past mistakes as an oath you’ve made with yourself: never again.

And so you’ve taken precautions. You’ve noted the lessons that needed to be learned. You’re better prepared and far less naive. You know, deep down, that you’ve got this. The Three of Wands is the totem from that oath you’ve struck. In the present position, the Three of Wands acknowledges the thought and growth that has brought you to this moment.

As we gaze into your future, we see Two of Cups, which indicates that the measures you’ve taken and the lessons you’ve heeded have paid off.  You won’t be doomed to repeat the same regretful mistakes. You’ve moved on, more weathered, but also with more grit and a better understanding than you had before. You’re a far more balanced and well rounded person because of your history; not in spite of it. You also have a better understanding of what you can survive.

However, it’s important to remind ourselves that the desire to learn from past mistakes is, in part, a commitment to make new ones. The advice here is presented as King of Cups which is to be kind to yourself. Your future isn’t going to be without regret. Mistakes will still happen. There are still lessons yet to be learned.

What’s important here is that you embrace yourself with gentle compassion and understanding. Forgive yourself. Love yourself. Your dignity will remain intact. You will survive this, too.

Weekly Forecast: the Essential Nature of Self-Care

Sometimes, it feels like we’re stuck in a hamster wheel. We’re running, running, running but we never seem to be moving forward. Our location remains fixed. The same amount of work that existed yesterday exists today. The same bills that existed last month exist this month. The same financial shortfalls that force you to stretch your money from pay to pay never end. Life feels like an endless loop. And the question remains, “How on earth am I working this hard but not even a little closer to achieving my goals?”

Today’s Tarot reading is for you.

Your Weekly Tarot Forecast reading:

Past: Three of Wands

Present: Ace of Swords

Future: Page of Swords

Advice: The Sun

Here’s the thing. The universe knows how hard you’ve been working. The universe knows how dedicated you’ve been. This is acknowledged by the Three of Wands appearing in the past position. The Three of Wands is a card representative of both hard work and dedication. It’s the card that is frequently accompanied by cards heralding in success, balloons, and a fantastic victory dance montage.

But what about you? Where are your balloon waterfalls and victory dance montages? Where is your success card? You’re in the present, exhausted by the effort you’ve put forth, and yet it feels like you’ve gained no ground. Your success card is missing. You’re not closer to your goals. Where’s the balance to your hard work?

The Ace of Swords is in your present position and is here to symbolize your moment of clarity. Something isn’t working. You realize that continuing to do exactly what you were doing will not yield different results. You’re not opposed to hard work. When it has to be done, you’re the first to roll up your sleeves. But there is nothing to gain from spinning your wheels.

There is an obstacle in your path and it is blocking your hard work from achieving the outcome you’re trying to build. Do you know what it is yet? Perhaps you’re not sure. You’ve done everything by the book. You’re doing exactly what others have done to more successful results. Perhaps you know exactly what the problem is but the solution is an elusive devil that keeps dodging your grip.

The Page of Swords is around the corner and is here to deliver the epiphany you need to crush your obstacles and finally move forward. In the future position, this card promises to deliver a future of insight and inspiration. That a-ha moment will happen… if….

You embrace the advice of The Sun Card.

Last week, in our weekly retrospective, we talked about how lessons not heeded will repeat themselves in future readings. The Universe is quiet in her guidance but she is unwavered and persistent. The Sun Card appeared in the last Weekly Tarot Forecast reading, too, which tells us that we are still not following the following the path lit by the Sun.

The Sun is a card about the expression of joy in the ways that fuel, inspire, and motivate you whether that be time spent curled up with a good book to tackling that hiking trail with friends or family. Last week, the Sun told you that the universe has so many blessings in store for you if you open yourself up to them. But you have to open yourself up to them.

This week, the message is a little stronger and more prescriptive.

Here the advice is clear: you are burning yourself out. You need to take time and space for self-care. Even if that means the dishes aren’t getting done as often. Even if that means laundry piles just a little more between loads. Even if that means you have to delegate a few more tasks out to others. You are being overburdened and, as a result, that creative and problem solving genius inside of you is too over-tasked.

It also good advice to re-evaluate your current outlets to determine if they’re contributing to your stress. You may love games but when you’re playing them – how do they make you feel? How often to do you end the gaming session with more anxiety than when you started? How might these activities rob us of the enlightenment we’re seeking? Last week’s reading on Understanding the Energy reminds us that for all plans, we must anchor ourselves to our outcomes, less we find ourselves lost and adrift.

The same is true for the series we binge watch, the friends that occupy our time, celebrity gossip blogs we browse, and other ways we opt to unwind.

We don’t have to purge all of these influences in our life but we need to be mindful of how they make us feel and the cost of energy associated with them. These activities all consume energy but are they also replenishing your energy? These activities all require mental components; are they breaking down mental blocks or reinforcing them?

By establishing the roots of self-examination, we can focus our efforts in spending more time on the right kind of activities that will fuel us because our fight is not over. The success card is not yet in our future. By shifting away from behaviors that drain our energy and leave us anxious towards activities that fill us with energy and inspire us, we can move forward. It’s written in the cards. The Page of Swords is ready and awaiting you to make time for yourself to rejuvenate with the Sun.

 


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